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Hacking tools stolen from NSA show Chinese cyberfirms were targeted, experts say

Hacking tools claimed to be pilfered from the US National Security Agency reveal a ­severe security threat to China, mainland experts say, with a leading national provider of network security said to be among the victims of the government hackers.

Some of the data was released online over the weekend by the Shadow Brokers, an anonymous group of hackers which said it took them from the “Equation Group”, an elite espionage team widely believed to be operated by the NSA. An increasing number of security experts have since said the data appeared to be legitimate.

American cybersecurity firm Risk Based Security studied the release and found one victim was Beijing Topsec Network Security Technology, which provides firewall ­services to government arms, including the tax bureau, as well as the military.

An analysis of the data by mainland ­cybersecurity company Rising showed China was at a severe risk.

“We can tell for certain now that some attacks have been carried out against China,” Rising senior engineer Tang Wei said. “Topsec has been compromised; they are one of the largest security hardware suppliers in China, as big as Huawei.”

Topsec provided internet security services for aspects of national space projects, including the maiden launch of the Long March 7 rocket in June and the docking of the Tiangong-1 space station with the Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-8 spacecrafts.

Read the full article over at SCMP here:

http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2006313/hacking-tools-stolen-nsa-show-chinese-cyberfirms-were

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